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Published October 17, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores officials haven’t given up on the idea of creating a new driveway entrance with a guarded gatehouse at Osius Park, but that part of the park improvements is on hold at least for the moment.

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Published October 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — When she was growing up in Royal Oak, Elizabeth Weigandt, of Grosse Pointe Farms, fell under the spell of quest books like “Watership Down,” “The Hobbit” and “The Last Unicorn.”

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Published October 10, 2017

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A local connection is bringing Pampered Chef founder and Chair Doris Christopher into town to headline a pair of fundraisers for Forgotten Harvest.

Christopher will be addressing two events for women that will benefit Forgotten Harvest Farms, a 125-acre farm in Fenton where the nonprofit grows fresh produce to supplement the food it collects for children, adults and seniors in need in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — From perfectly manicured lawns to pretty gardens, many Grosse Pointe City residents demonstrated their green thumbs and an eye for landscape design this summer.

A few stood out even more than the others. During a ceremony Oct. 4, the Grosse Pointe City Beautification Commission honored winners of this year’s Beautification Awards. Eight homes and one business — Hunchback LLC at 718 Notre Dame St. — received honors this year.

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Published October 10, 2017

DETROIT — They say there is no “I” in team, and those who have gathered around a young girl facing medical issues certainly have exemplified that sentiment.

When Riley Slattery was diagnosed earlier this year with an inoperable mass on her brain stem, it didn’t take long for those around her to become Team Super Riley in an effort to provide support for the 7-year-old and her parents, Heidi and Ryan Slattery.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE WOODS/GROSSE POINTE PARK — The two Grosse Pointe-area eateries that had closed temporarily and voluntarily because of a Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness hepatitis A investigation have reopened.

Uncle Paul’s Pizza, in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe and Catering, in Grosse Pointe Park, have complied with the Health Department in the investigation, and they took the proper steps required to reopen for business.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Now that Grosse Pointe City voters have approved a 23-year bond proposal not to exceed $12.96 million for new public safety and public works facilities, as well as a safer municipal court, leaders are proceeding with plans to get those new projects underway.

But perhaps given that the millage — approved Aug. 8 — passed by less than 100 votes, those plans aren’t without at least some concerns.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As rain fell gently on Grosse Pointe Equestrian’s grounds Oct. 6, Federation Equestre Internationale dressage trainer Jesse Collins was inside the arena training atop a Lusitano horse.

Collins, who also competes in the sport, has been tapped to teach dressage instruction at Grosse Pointe Equestrian, formerly known as the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores residents are finally going to be getting new tennis courts at Osius Park.

After much debate about what projects should be tackled at the residents-only park, city leaders decided to move forward on the new courts as a stand-alone project, with plans still up in the air as to a possible new park entrance with a guarded gatehouse, similar to what Grosse Pointe Park, Farms and Woods have for their residents-only waterfront parks.

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 3, 2017

WAYNE COUNTY — Two local eateries are currently closed after the Wayne County Health Department began an investigation into possible hepatitis A cases linked to the establishments.

Uncle Paul’s Pizza, in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe, in Grosse Pointe Park, closed temporarily and are working with Health Department personnel during the investigation. The Cabbage Patch Cafe is open for catering.

“They closed voluntarily,” said Dr. Ruta Sharangpani, director of the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — If you’ve ever gotten excited about finding a quarter buried in the bottom of your purse or gym bag, you know that unexpected cash is a welcome surprise.

Now, imagine how ecstatic you’d be if you discovered several hundred thousand dollars that had somehow found their way into your life.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department when its staff holds its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8.

The open house is free to attend. During the event, fire and police personnel will provide children and adults with information on fire safety and prevention, and other public safety concerns that can happen at home and away from home.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Local law enforcement officers capped off a home renovation project for a family in need by presenting one of the residents with a customized fire helmet.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — When the staff and students of Maire Elementary School gathered Sept. 28 for the Detroit Lions’ “Lions Leaders for Life” program, there was something else in the air.

Along with enjoying the Lions’ program, which encouraged students to be successful leaders in life and to maintain healthier lifestyles, the school community learned that Maire was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — More than six years after hundreds of Grosse Pointe Farms residents experienced basement sewage backups — with some homes being hit as many as three times in a matter of months — the city has reached a settlement in class action litigation spurred by the backups.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League 12U team can add another honor to an already full shelf of them.

This year’s team — which was named the 2017 State of Michigan Little League Champions and won the 2017 Regional Championship Tournament in Westfield, Pennsylvania — enjoyed the rare distinction of going all the way to the 71st Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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